Building a better bat
WHITE CREEK, N.Y. -- Seth Foster, 21, a White Creek, N.Y., native and a 2010 graduate of Hoosick Falls Central School, is channeling his love of baseball to create what he hopes to be a successful business venture.
On June 24 Foster launched a Kickstarter campaign with a goal of $10,000 to fund The Perfect Bat, his customized wooden baseball bat business.
Foster said that growing up, he was primarily interested in two things: playing baseball and creating projects. Thus, The Perfect Bat was born.
"I played baseball year round for most of my younger years," he said. "During my senior year of high school, I began hand-turning wooden baseball bats. This allowed me to combine my two passions, baseball and product design, into one."
Foster is going into his senior year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., where he is studying mechanical engineering.
If he is successful in his fundraising campaign, Foster will apply the knowledge he has acquired throughout his college career to design the bats with CAD programs and a state of the art CNC lathe at RPI to produce the bats.
Foster says that any baseball enthusiast should consider his bats as opposed to competitors' bats because his attention to detail and personalization makes his bats truly unique.
"Generally when you buy a bat, you are forced to choose from limited options," Foster said. "With my bats, the player has complete control over everything -- even the choice to specify their own custom dimensions for the shape and multiple diameters of the bat."
Foster says customers also have the option to decide the weight, handle color and barrel color of their bats, a type of service usually only offered to professional players.
All of Foster's bats are crafted from high quality maple.
"The wood I use is the best available," he said. "The performance level exceeds the average grade of wood you will find in a retail store."
Foster's bats range in price, depending on the extent of customization, but generally fall between $78 and $99.
With $1,570 raised as of press time and the campaign ending at 6:30 p.m. this evening, the possibility of reaching his $10,000 goal is slim. However, Foster remains positive.
"Regardless of how much I end of making through Kickstarter, I've gained a tremendous amount of knowledge," Foster said. "I continue to learn more every day."
Those interested in becoming a last-minute backer of Foster's bat business can visit his Kickstarter page at kickstarter.com and searching "The Perfect Bat."
Foster can be contacted at email@example.com.
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